According to a USA Today article from February 2009, there were 14 million vacant homes, including owned homes that were vacant or homes that were unsold. There were, at the same time, approximately 4,800,000 *VACATION HOMES* that people owned and only lived in part of the time.
Let’s consider the wealthy Hollywood elites, these so-called liberals, who supposedly care so much about the poor, but have how many mansions to their names?
Then there are all the empty buildings that sit there with nothing in them as new storefronts are put up in new locations.
Now, what about the homeless?
According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness (and you’d think they’d have cause to exaggerate figures), there are only about 672,000 homeless on any given night.
According to other statistics on their site, 42% of that number are not in shelters, so that means there are about 282,240 people each night living on the streets or in tents, etc.
OK, now, those totals include families, so we can assume a reduction in housing units needed based upon families.
But let’s look at those numbers together.
If we total *ALL* vacant or vacation housing in the US, compared to the total homeless population, there are 28 unoccupied houses for every homeless man, woman and child.
There are 7 vacation homes for every homeless man, woman and child. That means that of people who have the extra money to afford 2 homes, there are 7 times that many families as there are homeless people. Again, that’s not breaking down the homeless into families, married couples, roommates, or other ways of sharing housing.
If you consider that a certain percentage of the population have *multiple* vacation homes, then how many people could they house by themselves?
And then let’s talk about those who aren’t in shelters:
If we leave the shelters in operation and only look to house the completely homeless population, then that means there are 67 EMPTY HOUSES PER EVERY PERSON WHO SLEEPS ON THE STREET, with 17 vacation homes per street-sleeper.
Again, this is not even considering vacant commercial properties that sit empty, collecting debt, rather than doing something useful.
I don’t see how anyone who claims to believe in the right to life, in the dignity of the human person, or in Christianity can look at such statistics and not shudder. I don’t see how anyone can feel right voting for the rich–be they rich Democrats or rich Republicans–and not shudder at those statistics. I don’t see how anyone who has an ounce of compassion can stand listening to Limbaugh or Beck or Hannity (or Brokaw or Gore or Franken) knowing those statistics.